Girls Soccer Drops State Title to Pace on PK’s

ATLANTA, Ga. – Head coach Josh Trieste and the FPD Lady Vikings have been on the winning side of the story for quite some time, taking back-to-back GHSA Class-A State Championships in 2011 and 2012.

But this time the memories won’t be as fond, as FPD’s third trip to the title match in the past four years ended in heartbreaking fashion, a 6-5 loss on penalty kicks to the Pace Academy Lady Knights.

“I told the girls after the match that I was proud of them,” Trieste said. “We played a really good team today and it went down to the wire.”

A back-and-forth battle, Pace answered every goal FPD scored.

The Lady Vikings struck first with 27 minutes remaining in the first period when Jane Howell found Emma Lako, who powered it past Pace keeper Avery Queller.

“That was a big goal and helped set the tone for the match,” Trieste said.

But Pace responded at the 7:24 mark of the first half when Carter Carlton blasted a shot past FPD keeper Megan Sparks to equalize that match at 1-1.

“Pace is a team that doesn’t like to give up any goals,” Trieste said. “We knew they would be looking for one after we scored the first one.”

In the second period, the Lady Vikings struck again to take a 2-1 advantage at the 25:09 mark when Amy Morgan was fouled in the box by a Pace defender, automatically setting up a penalty kick.

FPD elected Katey Griggs to take the shot and she capitalized past the outstretched arm of Queller.

“It was a big play in the match,” Trieste said. “Amy, who is really good on her feet, got fouled and Katey did what she has done all season and got us the lead back.”

But that lead was short-lived when Kandace Thompson evened the match at 2-2 at 12:38 off a Pace corner kick.

“That team never quits,” Trieste said.

The match would end both overtime periods still deadlocked at 2-2, forcing penalty kicks.

“We knew that anything could happen in penalty kicks,” Trieste said. “The five we sent out there are the five we practiced with all year.”

FPD missed two of its first three penalty kicks while Pace knocked in two of three.

Forced to stop the final shot, Pace’s Cadie Schiffer lined up, the whistle blew and she knocked in the winning shot past Sparks to give Pace the win and the state championship.

“It definitely hurts,” Trieste said. “But I couldn’t ask for a bette group of girls. They played their hearts out and a 19-1 record is nothing to be ashamed of.”

The season was certainly a memorable one for FPD. The Lady Vikings captured another Area Championship, their fourth straight since joining the GHSA.

Trieste also picked up his 500th career win earlier in the season.

The Lady Vikings graduate six seniors in 2014. The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2014 for their hard work and dedication over the years and wish God’s richest blessings on their future endeavors.

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PACE 6, FPD 5 (PK’s)

Goals (regulation): FPD – Emma Lako, Katey Griggs (PK); Pace – Carter Carlton, Kandace Thompson.

Penalty Kicks: FPD – Sara Robertson N, Jane Howell N, Katey Griggs Y, Amy Morgan Y, Maisyn Samples Y; Pace – Carter Carlton Y, Jessica Haidet Y, Evelyn Hobbs N, Arden Carlton Y, Cadie Schiffer Y.

Assists: FPD – Jane Howell; Pace – Cadie Schiffer.

Saves: FPD – Megan Sparks 8; Pace – Avery Queller 9.

Shots: FPD 9, Pace 9.

Record: FPD 19-1.



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